Chile: New evidence lead to reopening of Victor Jara’s murder case
On 3 June 2008 a Chilean judge reopened the murder case of folk singer Victor Jara, who was tortured and killed in 1973, reported Reuters from Santiago.
Judge Juan Eduardo Fuentes reversed his decision of three weeks ago to close the investigation of how the renowned Chilean folk singer and composer Victor Jara was killed. The judge stated that it would be “reasonable” to look into some of the 40 pieces of new evidence which has been provided by the singer’s family and lawyers.
“This opens the way to continue investigating and searching for the truth,” widow Joan Jara told reporters, according to Reuters. Victor Jara’s family are convinced that the army is shielding other soldiers responsible for the killing.
Retired colonel Mario Manriquez Bravo, who was chief of security at Chile Stadium where Victor Jara was tortured and killed, is under house arrest and will be sentenced at a later date.
Victor Jara’s family urged former military officers to come forward and provide information that could indict other soldiers involved in killing the singer-songwriter. Chile has long grappled with bringing to justice the perpetrators of crimes committed under Pinochet.